Monthly Archives: July 2011

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The Crown & Sceptre, 57 Melina Road, London W12 – Part One

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George Evans’s dad used to work behind the bar years ago and one thing that he remembers well that is, ‘every Christmas the blokes from the BBC would do the place up with all fancy lights. A couple of the well known ‘chaps’ used to get in there from time to time.’ Jimmy Murray also sent me some of his wonderful memories: ‘1982 was my first introduction to the Crown & Sceptre. It was well known as THE QPR pub. … Continue reading

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That Club Statement on Behalf of Majority Shareholders Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore

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‘We are pleased to confirm that Adel Taarabt will be staying at QPR this summer. Despite receiving a substantial bid for our Moroccan international, we rebuffed all approaches and indeed, we are keen to build for the future in the Barclays Premier League, and not sell one of our prized assets. Should we have decided to sell Taarabt this summer, we made it clear to Neil Warnock that we would re-invest funds into the squad. Taarabt is fully committed to … Continue reading

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Message For the Norwegian R’s

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Just to tell you that we’re thinking of you all and share in your grief at such a tragic time for your country. From all your friends at the Indy R’s

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St Albans City (0) – QPR X1 (4)

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Team: Putnins, Harriman, Borrowdale, Rowlands, Parmenter, Ehmer, Cook, Clarke, Sharif, Doughty, Balanta Subs: Olley, German, Gibbons, Andrade, Henry-Francis, Pellicori Attendance: 551 Paul Finney picked me up opposite Stanmore station for my first visit to St Albans. The R’s had previously won 5-2 at Clarence Park on 11th July 1997 in front of a crowd of 1,200 with goals from, Gallen 2, Spencer 2 and one from Mahoney-Johnson. We had a drink in their Clubhouse and a pint of Stella and … Continue reading

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Harrow Borough (0) – QPR (1)

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Team: Cerny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Hall, trialist, Webber, Vaagan Moen, Helguson, Smith, Faurlin Subs: Putnins, Gorkss, Ramage, Shittu, trialist, Connolly, Ephraim, Doughty, Agyemang, Hulse. Attendance: 1,688 Although there was a decent crowd, the admission prices certainly put some fans off. Simon Grigor wrote in the matchday programme: ‘Tonight’s game comes as a result of Troy Hewitt’s transfer to Rangers in February. Contracts are unaffordable at Harrow…’ Unfortunately there was no sign of Troy Hewitt, but if you include Danny Webber, … Continue reading

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In Memory of My Friend Paul Farley

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Friends, sometimes we determine who they will be. Sometimes they kind of find us. Perhaps it’s common ideals; or maybe its people you work with; or neighbours. Or perhaps it’s a common interest that throws you together initially, and your friendship develops from there. Well, in the case of Paul Farley and myself, it was the latter, although common passion would be more apt, for our beloved Queen’s Park Rangers. We first met many years ago, time has eroded my … Continue reading

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History in the Making – The Unveiling of the Plaque at St. Jude’s Hall

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I knew that Droop Street School was still there (now known as Queen’s Park Primary) and I knew that St Jude’s Church was no longer in Lancefield Street, but it came as a big surprise to me when some years ago, Joe English informed me that the old Mission Hall was still in existence. Then a few years ago, on a pilgrimage to the area, Jimmy Murray parked up near the hall and I stood outside in amazement. Last year, … Continue reading

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‘We Are Premier League’ – 2010/11 Season Book Review

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You may have seen the ad that appeared on the Official Website back in May and also in the Leeds United programme. Considering that no one knew which division we would be playing in come August, well done to the club and O Publishing for not letting all the hyperbole put them off and ruin their plans. The book is 164 pages and basically it’s an official record of what was an incredible season as we all now know. Starting … Continue reading

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When Rangers Fans Vented Their Anger at QPR Chairman Richard Thompson

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In May 1993, the R’s were London’s top club finishing in fifth place in the inaugural Premier League season.But the frustration and anger amongst the Rangers faithful had been building up for some time in 1994 and it culminated with the sale of Darren Peacock. There were doubts regarding Gerry Francis’s future as Manager and the sale of Peacock to Newcastle for ¬£2.7m provoked an intense personal campaign against Chairman Richard Thompson. I remember the distribution of leaflets before the … Continue reading

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Danny Boxshall – QPR Player & Winner of the Military Medal

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In my souvenir edition of the FA Cup 6th Round tie against Derby County in 1948 it states: ‘Danny Boxshall is unique in that he was signed as a professional without having been seen by any of the club officials. Recommendation was so high that there was no necessity to bother about this formality. He was signed and played in a New Year’s Day match during the war; as another war memory can recall that he won the Military Medal. … Continue reading

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